Years from now when they look back at the history of high school football at Legacy High School, the record book will show Century won the first varsity game played on the Sabers’ home field – and it wasn’t playing Legacy.
With the Sabers playing across town at the Bismarck Community Bowl, Century headed over to the Legacy’s home field on Friday and beat Grand Forks Red River 42-8 to even its record at 1-1.
CHS coach Ron Wingenbach applauded his team’s defense but reserved judgment on the offense.
“I think more (pleased) with defense tonight,” Wingenbach said. “We just seem to be more in synch than we were at Sheyenne. We made (strides) on defense. On offense, I’m not real sure.”
The Patriots held the Riders (0-2) to just 54 yards rushing and 85 passing, while running for 130 and passing for 161.
Starting quarterback Jakob Olson was 8-for-11 for 113 yards passing – including a 40-yard TD pass to Reece Jensen – and Cade Feeney was 3-for-4 for 48 yards.
Cade Rauser scored two of the Patriots’ six touchdowns on runs of 3 and 20 yards. His run as the running clock ran out in the third quarter made it 42-0.
Casey Foss and Nathan Kraft led the Patriots with 33 yards each.
“We played a lot of kids tonight. Our objective in the preseason is we have to find depth and we have to get ready for the regional schedule,” Wingenbach said.
Century took the opening kickoff and marched 68 yards in 11 plays to go up 7-0 on Olson’s 1-yard run and Cole Leier’s PAT with 6:54 left in the half.
After a defensive stop and 18-yard punt, the Patriots got the ball on their own 40 and marched back to the end zone. Kraft barreled in from eight yards out for a 14-0 lead.
A botched punt return and fumble led to Rauser’s 3-yard run and offensive lineman Morgan Berg capped the first half scoring. JayJay Jacob carried to the goal line but fumbled and Berg pounced on the loose ball.
Century held the Riders to 139 total yards, but they did put their first points of the season on the board in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Park Monette hit Tyler Burian for a 16-yard TD.
“We wanted to score. We scored in the fourth quarter, but that didn’t matter. We wanted to get that done,” Red River coach Vyrn Muir said. “We experienced what it was like to score.”
Muir said the Riders are taking strides.
“We wanted to get better than we were last week,” Muir added. “I’m not sure we did, I have to watch film. But we wanted to get better because we play a game that matters next week.”
Monette rotated at quarterback with Sam Schumacher and between them they completed four of 10 passes for 85 yards. Monette, who also caught a pass for 16 yards, was 3-for-4 for all of the yards.
Landon Haagenson led Red River in rushing with 27 yards on seven carries.
It is the only time this season that Century will play at Sanford Sports Complex.
“Whoever said that, you know, it was a record crowd tonight … well, yea,” Wingenbach said with a laugh.